The Playwriting Concentration

The MFA playwriting program embraces diverse voices and aesthetics. There are many ways to write a great play, exemplified by our faculty, which includes Tony©, Pulitzer, and Obie Award winners such as Charles Mee, Lynn Nottage, and David Henry Hwang. This program seeks to help each student find their own unique and idiosyncratic voice, and help each play grow into the best version of itself.

We take a practical approach to preparing graduates for careers as dramatists, by offering courses and experience in the full range of dramatic writing, including television, film, and musical theatre, under the guidance of instructors like Tony© Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori and iconic TV showrunner Matt Williams.

 

Because we believe playwrights need to hear their work and see it staged, two years of reading and critiquing student work are supplemented by workshop productions. The third year includes professional development led by the concentration head, with each student receiving a full production of their thesis play, mentored by their favorite dramatist or other theatre professional.

 

This program is large enough to offer a wide range of courses, and small enough for each writer to gain the personal attention necessary to facilitate their all-important artistic growth.

Upcoming Events:

Meet the Playwrights: Alex Viteri '17

Meet the Playwrights: Alex Viteri '17

Alex Viteri Arturo '17 brings together a diverse group of artists to create a celebration of unique identities and ideas with her thesis project Eden: Part 3.  Eden: Part 3 will run at the Signature Center on May 10, 12, and 13th.

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Meet the Playwrights: Becca Plunkett '17

Meet the Playwrights: Becca Plunkett '17

Current student Becca Plunkett’s thesis play A DollZes HoUse, takes place in a war-torn nation, when a power-hungry King forces his royal court to perform a heavily redacted version of A Doll’s House.

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Meet the Playwrights: Callan Stout

Meet the Playwrights: Callan Stout

Current student Callan Stout’s thesis play, you do not look, tells the story of Greda, a woman trying to sell encyclopedias in order to stay in America.

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Meet the Playwrights: Aeneas Hemphill '17

Meet the Playwrights: Aeneas Hemphill '17

Aeneas Hemphill’s thesis play Black Hollow is an American myth about the uniquely American problem of gun violence.   Black Hollow will run at the Signature Center on May 3, 5, and 6th.  

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Meet the Playwrights: Alix Sobler '17

Meet the Playwrights: Alix Sobler '17

Last Night in Inwood, Current student, Alix Sobler’s thesis play, follows a young woman, Danny, and her family as they seek refuge in her one-bedroom apartment after a major disaster hits Manhattan.

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Meet the Playwrights: Ellen Steves '17

Meet the Playwrights: Ellen Steves '17

In HATEWATCH, current student, Ellen Steves’ thesis play, a group of old friends agree to participate in a documentary about addiction. When an intervention fails, they take things into their own hands.

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Meet the Playwrights: Stephen Foglia '17

Meet the Playwrights: Stephen Foglia '17

Current student Stephen Foglia’s thesis play, Outer Banks, tells the story of Junie, a young woman whose sister disappeared without a trace. Now Junie’s family is ready to move on, but she may not be ready—especially once she begins to receive mysterious messages.

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